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Jonathan Jeter & The Revelators
©2011 Independently released
Review by Lucky Boyd


Americana, Red Dirt, Country Rock, Twang Rock, whatever the label, you’ll find yourself tossing aside any pre-conceived notions of the sound of Jonathan Jeter & The Revelators.  Well-written concepts and lively performances are the order of the day on this debut EP offering.  The influences are vast, as you can hear alternative rock overtones and country roots in every track.  “Come On” could even have success as a breathy folk tune in the right hands, but none of that here. Instead, Jeter takes his Springsteen-ish rasp to new levels with crowd pleasers and soon-to-be bar favorites alike.  “Barfly” follows the typical alt-rock progression formula into a typical country topic, and it works.  On the very next track, Jeter abandons it all for a retro-rock (in a ‘what’s old becomes new again’ sense) anthem that showcases his vocal diversity and the tight work of the band.  The EP wraps with “Voodoo Woman” which starts as a haunting ditty, but quickly finds its place as a multi-genre suite that is probably worth the price of the disc.  Look for big things from Jeter as he and the Revelators begin their meteoric rise, and while I’m sure the band is a bunch of really nice guys, you’ll have to accept the occasional face slap as they climb.  You can’t play music like this without just slapping someone every once in a while.  Fabulous first effort. 

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